Leadership is a defining quality.
We define it.

We inspire our students to lead, learn, and grow. And we do it by igniting a fire in our students, driving each of them to become their fullest self.

Every student is overflowing with potential, if you know how to help them reach it.

We build leaders.

Thank you all so so much for helping my dream of becoming a drum major come true...I love all of you so much ❤❤🎵

‎Emma HastingsPennsylvania

Thank you for an incredible experience for my daughter at KU! And for hosting such a great camp. My daughter has learned a lot and had a blast.

Cat PhillipsMaryland

Thank you Academy for giving me a great band season this year and for helping me along the way in getting to be drum major for my school next year!

‎Bryan Oudomsouk‎ Tennessee

Thank you all so much for this past week!! You all truly changed my life. I cannot wait to put what I learned into action. Thanks again!

‎Jacob GallagherNew Hampshire

DMA is one of the best things that's ever happened to me. I met so many amazing people and learned so much!

Heather HothamMassachusetts

We cover everything.
Here’s how.

Our curriculum has been perfected over our 4-decade history. We teach 4 core concepts of marching music leadership.

Every student receives personalized instruction & feedback, and practices teaching & commanding their peers—a key component of a successful Drum Major.

A full curriculum.

Conducting

The days of “floor, door, window, ceiling” are long gone. Marching band conducting follows an established rubric.

Communication

Every Drum Major must understand when and how to give the proper commands. Effective communication is crucial.

Marching

The Drum Major is the most visible person in any marching band, and their marching technique should set the bar.

Leadership

Being a leader means going the extra mile. It’s raising your hand “as high as you can” and then raising it 2 inches higher.

We work with the best.
You can too.

We’ve assembled a team of world class music educators over our 40-year history. Our workshops are taught by university professors and high school band directors.

Our staff bring their years and decades of experience to every one of our workshops. Our students get 1-on-1, hands-on training with music educators at the top of their field.

Learn from the best.

Heidi Sarver, DMA Lead Teacher.

Heidi Sarver

  • Professor of Music
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE

Joseph Muñoz, DMA Lead Teacher.

Joseph Muñoz

  • Director of Bands
  • Pearland High School
  • Pearland, TX

Christopher Cansler, DMA Lead Teacher.

Christopher Cansler

  • Director of Bands
  • Independence High School
  • Frisco, TX

Dr. Lauren Reynolds, DMA Lead Teacher.

Lauren Reynolds

  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • Central Connecticut State Univ
  • New Britain, CT

Justin McAdams, DMA Lead Teacher.

Justin McAdams

  • Band Director
  • Phoenixville Area High School
  • Phoenixville, PA

Evan Doyle, DMA Lead Teacher.

Evan Doyle

  • Band Director
  • Westborough High School
  • Westborough, MA

Katie McCarthy, DMA Lead Teacher.

Katie McCarthy

  • Band Director
  • Attleboro High School
  • Attleboro, MA

All DMA Staff

The backbone of the Academy. Our staff has been changing young lives through leadership & music for decades.

Meet the Staff

We never stop teaching.
Learn from us.

No good educator ever wastes a chance to teach. Our staff has a wealth of knowledge, and we share it with the world in our blog.

We write articles and posts about how to be a better Drum Major. We dare you to learn something.

Free Drum Major resources.

DMA's First Blog Post.
General
Mar 19, 2017

Evolution of the DMA Blog

Since DMA has a brand new website—all of 14 hours old as of this post on Mar 19, 2017—we thought it would be a good idea to update our evolution timeline so everyone out there knows how we’re progressing. June 6, 2007, 9:00 AM: DMA BLOG went “live.” June 6, 2007, 9:16 AM:…
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Drum Major Academy Conducting.
Education
Jan 17, 2017

How to Become Drum Major: 4 tips for a better Drum Major audition

Wondering how to become your school or ensemble's Drum Major? Here are 4 of the most important lessons you need for a better Drum Major audition. 1. The audition has already begun. Being a DM isn't about being impressive at the actual audition. There is a consideration of your cumulative contribution…
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What makes a good drum major? 7 Things Every Drum Major Should Do.
Resources
Sep 30, 2016

What Makes a Good Drum Major? 7 Things Every DM Should Do

What makes a good drum major? Well, every band is unique, but most drum major positions need the same few skills. After 40 years of training intensely motivated drum majors across the United States and the world, here's what we've learned. Here are the 7 simple things every drum major should do.…
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